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MATHEW WAGNER - Saturday, February 8, 2014
Tim Chandler's chances at playing for the United States men's national team in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil took a huge hit this weekend, as the German-American suffered a severe injury.

Nuremberg press officer Katharina Wildermuth confirmed via e-mail that Chandler tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee during Nuremberg's 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich and will miss eight to 10 weeks. This means will he not be available for the U.S.'s friendly against Ukraine on March 5 in Kharkiv.

In the 8th minute, Chandler tweaked his knee when landing awkwardly in a non-contact challenge, and the Nuremberg medical staff had to stretcher him off in the 10th minute.

Before the injury, Chandler was enjoying a solid run of play for Der Club, especially since the return from the Bundesliga's winter break. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound right back made kicker's Team of the Week for his performance in a 4-0 drubbing of Hoffenheim on January 25, as Chandler helped Nuremberg to its first two wins of the season.

Overall, Chandler has recorded one goal and two assists in 19 matches for Der Club.

Chandler has 10 caps with the U.S., the last one coming more than one year ago in a 2-1 loss at Honduras in World Cup qualifying.

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